India 2.0-Udaipur

1914549_984413555358_6820196978318039057_nUdaipur, compared to Delhi feels like a small town, though this city boasts nearly 500,000 residents. It’s known for it’s several artificial lakes that snake around the city, that, and the filming location for Octopussy. Last time I was in Udaipur I stayed up in the maze of alleyways that define the tourist center of the city, this time, we stayed on the water with views of the Lake Palace.

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India 2.0-Arrival, Delhi.



If you ask someone who’s traveled to India how they felt about it, they are likely to have strong feelings, one way or the other. I’ve never met someone who said, “I went to India, yeah, it was alright I suppose.” You tend to get “I LOVED it!” Or, “You couldn’t pay me to go back.” And part of this is up to chance, India is a fickle place, humanity smacks you fully in the face and no amount of planning can shield you entirely. Not that you’d want that, a big reason to visit India is to be enveloped by the complete overwhelming nature of it all. But, you walk a fine line, and one too many infuriating experiences can leave even the most intrepid traveler weary.

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Evidently, I fly to Sri Lanka tomorrow night. Well, first to Abu Dhabi for a day, then onto Colombo. In keeping with my recent tendency of minimalist travel prep (read: laziness) I’ve prepared for Sri Lanka by looking at my packing list and trip notes about a week in advance. And of course, securing my visa. I’m somewhat on top of things, even if I had no idea where I was going until two nights ago. Except Colombo, I knew that. My lackadaisical preparation however, does not represent my level of excitement. I can’t wait to touchdown, meet my fellow travelers and go explore! And then onto meeting family in India, where I am much more prepared, which is probably best when three other people are depending on me to make sure they have somewhere to sleep.  Continue reading